Turf battles between tech companies are nothing new, especially now that we’ve reached the stage where these companies are true giants, expanding far beyond what was once their core market.
Google (GOOG) and Samsung (SSNLF) have been clashing in multiple areas for years now. Samsung and Apple (AAPL) have had their fair share of battles, too, as Samsung moved into Apple’s smartphone and tablet turf. Seems like Samsung picks a lot of fights.
But another pair-up that’s been getting increasingly face-to-face is Amazon (AMZN) and Apple. AMZN earned APPL’s ire when its Kindle Fire tablets helped kickstart the shift to smaller, cheaper tablets that eventually dethroned iOS in favor of Android. And as Amazon continues its expansion into hardware, the front between the two is growing longer.
Apple is no innocent here, either. It has been poking at Amazon for years — making it jump through hoops with its Kindle apps for iOS — and the AAPL acquisition of BookLamp is the latest move to take the fight to Amazon’s turf.
We’ve put together a gallery outlining 5 areas where AMZN and AAPL are currently competing directly.